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Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 14th 2015

On first impression Bucharest reminds me of Paris without the dog poo on the pavement and the people here are able and willing to speak to you in English. The cobblestone streets are not as narrow as in Paris and wind though the old quarter creating a setting for tourists and locals to enjoy the balmy summer evenings and we did exactly that, making ourselves known at one wine bar in particular, where we sampled some very good Romanian wines of varieties that were mostly unknown to me. The two waitresses there adored Nathan and he had a ball playing with them. We didn’t realise that our drinks came with free babysitting! At the same bar we met Daniel and Hillary, a couple from Brisbane, also travelling through Romania. It is amazing how far we go ... read more
Ballroom #23
Athanaeum Roman
Athanaeum Roman

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 3rd 2015

Hard to believe this is my last day in Brasov. I’m trying to conserve money so have decided to have a relaxing day and just check out the town. I went through my suitcase this morning and was able to dispose of around 5kgs worth of clothes that, while I like, I could not be bothered carrying for the next 2 weeks. I have decided that this is a great way of helping people to get rid of their unwanted junk, pack it up, strap it on their back and make them carry it until they are willing to throw it away. Once I made it into town I sat and read my book in the park and enjoyed the sunshine. After this I decided to go for a walk to the Black Tower and the ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 2nd 2015

After waking up and mastering the shower in our ensuite – there was no curtain and the water sprayed out from every angle, it was seriously impossible not to completely saturate the floor and walls – I headed off to find the bus to take me to Bran Castle. I made it to the station with 3 minutes to spare, paid for my ticket and managed to clamber aboard the already over-packed bus. It was a 45 minute journey to the Castle. Stopping in at a few towns along the way. There was a small child sitting on his mother’s lap in front of me. Absolutely adorable with the biggest blue eyes. Cluck cluck cluck haha. He was periodically crying though I noticed that he stopped crying and became quite fanscinated when he saw the band-aid ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov August 1st 2015

So just when I was getting use to Bucharest it was time to say goodbye and head off to Brasov. I took one final look around my hostel – Villa 11 – and headed over to the station. I managed to find my platform and my train, getting on 40 minutes early so that I could secure a seat for myself, and a place for my luggage. It was all very informal, there was no checks done of tickets until the train was on its way to Brasov, so I was able to just sit back, read my book, and enjoy 3 hours worth of forest scenery. It was incredibly relaxing and definitely reassured me that I have made the right choice to do the majority of my travels by rail. It was all so lush ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 31st 2015

July 31, 2015 - (afternoon) - I took the 3:30pm train to Brasov, and it took an hour. At the train station I had to get a bus to town, and when I arrived in town, I met Markus, a Swedish guy also trying to find our location on the map. We found it and walked together to my hostel. He had nowhere to stay yet, so he tried my place. It was just starting to rain. The woman told him there were no places left so he headed out. She also told me she had no record of my reservation and that there were no beds free. I showed her the emails I had from her colleague to the contrary. It was the first of many disappointments in Boemia hostel. She talked to her boss ... read more
Main square
Main square
Bride stalking

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran July 5th 2015

From Vlad the Impaler to Nicolae Ceausescu Romania has over the years had its fair share of unpleasant rulers. Ruthless dictators all over the world seem to have two things in common: they like to torture people and tend to have a liking for erecting big buildings as monuments over themselves. In Romania things aren't much different from any other places. Hence there are a few palaces and castles around and we would now like to write about the ones we visited. Bran Castle Bran Castle is likely the most well known of the Romanian castles and palaces thanks to it being the home of the largely fictional character Count Dracula in the Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Having seen Bran Castle we must say that using that particular castle as setting for the novel was wise. ... read more
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Corvin Castle

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran May 7th 2015

Rano 20 minutovy pesi presun na autogara 2 (strada avram ianacu resp oproti stadionu). Preco sme sa nepresuvali mhd ? no lebo pesi toho clovek vidi viac :) Napr sme videli pekny dreveny kostolik, tiche ulicky, miestnych ludi atd Na bus stanicu vstupujeme od stadiona, zadnym vchodom, preskakujeme kaluze,rano bola dobra leja, a dostavame sa na nastupiste. Mensie obzeranie stanice,nic extra,stanica z roku 0. Na jednom buse vidim napisane rasnov, pytam sa sofera na bran, posiela ma o jedno miesto dalej. Po 20 min prichadza nas bus. Taka stara rachotina , v ktorej si sofer potrpi na vonacky. Ma ich po celom strope,vyzera to dost zaujimavo. Aby turisti vedeli lahko najst tento bus je na nom v predu obrazok "drakulovho" hradu. Ako s blizime k cielu, v dialke sa crtaju zasnezene vrchy hor. Paradne to vyzera. ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 6th 2015

Po prebrati smer ranajky. Obsluha nam doniesla menu, pre istotu sa pytam ci mame ranajky v cene, bo na menu boli ceny. Potvrdene. Na menu napisane ranajky na izbu za 15 lei, sme to jaksi nepochopili, malo to byt na osobu, tak sme vyratavali aby sme sa vosli do 15 lei. Objednana kava, vajicka, chlieb a frankfurtske parky. Ranajky boli chutne. Zbalenie veci, check out, zaplatenie zuno kartou a otazka z ktorej bus stanice to vlastne ide do brasova. Su tu dve take hlavne bus stanice, vzdialene od seba cca 15 min chodze, na okraji mesta. Na nete sa mi na sto percent nepodarilo vypatrat z ktorej nam to ide. Takze do brasova chodi mirkobus / bus z autogaru na ulici bega. Vyuzili sme sluzby spolocnosti CDI . Chodi cca kazdu hodinu. Od ubytka sme to ... read more

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov May 1st 2015

I've made it as far east as I'll be going on this trip, and now I'm 7 hours ahead of all my friends on the East Coast. I've wanted to go to Romania for a long time, and to be honest, this part of the trip came down to a choice between Romania and the Baltic States. I initially chose the Baltic states because flights from Prague were cheaper there. Then when I decided to stay grounded, Romania became the ultimate winner for my tourist bucks. Since leaving Prague yesterday morning, I've spent 22 hours on trains. The train to Budapest was 7 hours, of which 4 were spent with the same 5 people in the 6-person cabin until we got to Bratislava, where they all got off. The remainder of the trip to Budapest was ... read more
view out towards Central Park from my hotel room
Town Hall of Brasov
Looking down Republic Street

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov April 21st 2015

It’s now more than a week since we left Bucharest to travel to Brasov, a moderately large city in Transylvania. The city has a population of around 250,000. We left Bucharest on Easter Monday, which is a public holiday in Romania, and so the traffic through Bucharest was not too bad – or at least significantly better than a normal weekday. The week after Easter was also school holidays and so many people had left Bucharest to travel to the countryside and this was pretty evident from the relatively empty carpark surrounding our apartment. However, a lot of these people had to start work on Tuesday and so the traffic returning to Bucharest was bumper-to-bumper coming towards us – I was pleased that we weren’t part of it. Our trip northwards initially passed fairly flat farmland ... read more
Peles Castle
Old Town Square - Brasov
Old Town Hall - Brasov

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